Tony Ferguson would love to coach opposite Khabib Nurmagomedov on The Ultimate Fighter one day.
Tony Ferguson wants to compete against Khabib
Over the past several years before Khabib Nurmagomedov’s retirement, the UFC attempted to book the former Russian champion against Ferguson on numerous occasions. However, the fight always managed to fall through for one reason or another.
It’s a fight Ferguson desperately wanted to happen in his career. However, Nurmagomedov has since retired from Octagon competition, therefore making the potential fight impossible. Despite this, Ferguson tells Submission Radio he’d still love to compete against his longtime rival in one way or another.
Specifically, he’d love to coach against Nurmagomedov on a season of The Ultimate Fighter.
“Maybe one day. You know what I would like to do? I’d love to coach against him on The Ultimate Fighter. That’s what I would really love to do. Abso-fucking-lutly. And if we don’t fight, I would love to be able to compete on him with whatever. Wrestleball. Like, in basketball, soccer. You put your best team together, I got my team.
“Any kind of sport. You can pick it, Khabib. We’ll go out there and we’ll kick your ass out of due respect. Enjoy your retirement. And I like what he’s doing for the sport. He opened up his own promotion. Got props for him like that. And when he lost his pops, you know, respect for him for that.
“But yeah, at the end of the day, his dad said that he would love for us to compete. So, regardless if that’s MMA or any sport, chess, checkers, fucking cars, it doesn’t matter. I have enough respect or enough cool to not go over there and kick his ass, but enough to be able to shake the man’s hand and sit down at a game table and to play a game like that. That’s man shit.“
Tony Ferguson an ex-TUF winner
Ferguson is actually a former TUF winner himself. “El Cucuy” won The Ultimate Fighter 13 back in 2011 as a member of Brock Lesnar’s team. Since, he has gone on to win an interim UFC lightweight title, and competed in some of the biggest fights the division has seen.
Currently, Ferguson is on a four-fight losing streak, having dropped his last outing to Michael Chandler via second-round knockout. Chandler nailed Ferguson with a front kick that rendered him unconscious. It was the first time Ferguson had been knocked out cold in his career.
It will be interesting to see who the UFC pairs Ferguson up with next as he attempts to bounce back.